Abdul Abdullah: Homeland - Art Collector

Abdul Abdullah, It doesn't matter how I feel, 2013. Type C print, 110 x 150cm. Courtesy: the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

In Homeland Abdul Abdullah turns to photographs and paintings to tease out how identity is misconstrued in contemporary culture. Playing on the title’s associations with belonging and xenophobia, the exhibition explores the middle ground between our black-and-white perceptions of people. Composites of celebrities such as Beyonce, Batman and Lleyton Hewitt are concealed and made sinister under balaclavas, drawing attention to the context-dependent fancy that is both idolisation and scapegoating. In the exhibition’s centerpiece It
doesn’t matter how I feel
black paint covers the artist’s entire body save for his hands, revealing the only two gestures left in today’s world of convenient binary judgments: the aggression of the middle finger and the meek acquiescence of a thumbs-up.

Exhibition opens: 3pm Saturday 7 September 2013
Exhibition closes: 21 September 2013
Location: Fehily Contemporary, 3A Glasshouse Road, Collingwood VIC 3066
Contact: 03 9017 0860
Email: ask@fehilycontemporary.com.au

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